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    County Wicklow

    Full of dramatic valleys and mesmerising ruins – With all these timeless sights, it’s no wonder Wicklow is known as the Garden of Ireland
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    Amazing Landscapes
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    Mount Usher Gardens, County Wicklow

    The "Garden of Ireland"

    Situated south of Dublin, County Wicklow is a coastal beauty in Ireland’s Ancient East. It also holds the special privilege of being one of the three counties that make up Ireland’s "Viking Triangle", so called because of the significant Viking influence to be found here, in Waterford and Wexford from the invading Norsemen.

    Just like the rest of Ireland’s Ancient East, County Wicklow is full to the brim with big houses, dramatic ruins, and an amazing story behind everything you see!

    County Wicklow

    L-R: Wicklow mountains; Powerscourt waterfall; Killruddery House and Gardens; St Kevin's Church at Glendalough

    Ancient history

    The crown of County Wicklow has to be the nature haven of Glendalough, a monastic settlement founded by St Kevin in the 6th century. Welcoming thousands of visitors each year, the Round Tower, churches and graveyard nestled here are crowned by an awesome natural backdrop of soaring mountains and glossy lakes.

    Further along the trail, explore the manicured beauty of Powerscourt House and Gardens, and one of Ireland’s highest waterfalls which can be found nearby, enveloped by wildlife and birdsong. Russborough House and Parklands offers stunning views of the Blessington Lakes and the Wicklow Mountains, along with guided tours of this lavish estate, which once entertained the likes of Coco Chanel and Mick Jagger.

    There is not in the wide world a valley so sweet.

    Thomas Moore, Irish poet
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    Powerscourt House & Gardens, County Wicklow

    Powerscourt House & Gardens

    Designed in the 19th century, Powerscourt House has been delighting visitors ever since with its gorgeous gardens and architecture!

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    Wander through wild Wicklow

    As a must-see experience along Ireland’s Ancient East, Wicklow truly is a walker’s paradise. From the 127km Wicklow Way to the lush trails of Avondale House and Forest Park, there’s adventure for every level of hiker and nature explorer.

    Cycling enthusiasts can experience a series of mountain bike trails in Ballinastoe Forest, offering views of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, before slicing down along single-track paths through moorland, thicket spruce and rocky ridges back to the foothills.

    The stunning Wicklow Mountains National Park combines scenic drives with 20,000 hectares of wild bogland and heath perfect for hill walkers. This treasure trove of nature includes native oak woodland, conifer forests, serene lakes and herds of sika deer scattered throughout.

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    Wicklow Mountains National Park

    Star of the screen

    Russborough isn’t the only Wicklow location with star quality. For years, Wicklow has been Hollywood’s movie location of choice in Ireland, with Powerscourt, Killruddery House and the mountains themselves forming the backdrop for productions including Braveheart, The Count of Monte Cristo and P.S. I Love You, starring Hillary Swank and Gerard Butler.

    The dark waters of Lough Tay (Guinness Lake) were the primary film location for drama series, Vikings, while neighbouring Lough Dan also featured in the hit television show. Located just thirty minutes south of Dublin city, it’s no wonder Hollywood’s finest want to capture the untamed beauty of this land.

    The wonders of Wicklow are a true sight to behold, here in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East.

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    Glendalough, County Wicklow

    County Wicklow highlights

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    Wicklow's Historic Gaol

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    Wicklow Way Wines

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    Wicklow Scenic Walks

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    Brittas Bay Surf School

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    Mount Usher Gardens

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    The Hungry Monk

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    Wicklow Head Lighthouse - Irish Landmark Trust

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    National Botanic Gardens - Kilmacurragh

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    Tinakilly Country House and Restaurant

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    The Chocolate Garden of Ireland

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    The National Bird of Prey Centre

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